Thursday, October 24, 2019

Leslie Feinzaig is the Keynote speaker for SAC XVI

Leslie Feinzaig
We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker for Seattle Angel Conference XVI will be Leslie Feinzaig. She is a tech executive and entrepreneur on a mission to democratize entrepreneurship. Leslie is Founder & CEO of the Female Founders Alliance, a network of founders, investors, partners, and champions that collaborate to help women and non-binary startup leaders succeed. FFA offers programming, community, incubation, deal flow and investment opportunities, with a mission to increase the number of successful member founders 20 times over in 10 years or less. 

In 2016, when her daughter was 6 months old, Leslie launched Venture Kits - games that develop leadership skills through play. Her one-of-a-kind, inspirational concept quickly garnered critical acclaim and customer love. The experience of raising capital for this concept - coupled with the realization that only 2% of venture capital is invested in female-founded companies in the US - propelled Leslie to start the Female Founders Alliance in early 2017.

Prior to Venture Kits and FFA, Leslie held product leadership roles in prominent tech companies including Julep (an Andreessen Horowitz portfolio company), Big Fish Games ($1B exit), and Microsoft (Kinect 4 Windows and Bing).  Previously she was a strategy consultant at Innosight, serving under "Innovator's Dilemma" author and Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen.

Leslie was named one of Forbes Magazine’s Most Powerful Women from Central America & the Caribbean, Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People, and Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. She’s a frequent speaker at events like Tech Inclusion, SXSW Interactive, Geekwire Summit, NW Angel Capital Conference, Seattle Magazine’s Daring Women, and more. Her writing has been featured in publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur, and AllthingsD. She has a BSc from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School with a full scholarship. She lives in Seattle, Wash. with her husband and daughters.

We look forward to seeing you at the SAC XVI Final event on November 13th,2019.

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